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Drunk driver rams leads police on chase, rams cruiser

Keith Mark Wondergem

A 53-year-old Marion man is facing multiple charges after he led police on a chase Sunday evening, rammed a cruiser, and attempted to run over a different police officer.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, they responded to a report on Sunday, April 8, at about midnight, of a possibly intoxicated man driving a white car in the wrong lane in the Stanton area. They soon spotted a white Buick driving erratically on Stanton Rd near Lake Rd., and made a traffic stop on M-91 near Langston. Police said the man attempted to get out of his car and was ordered back inside the vehicle. When he reentered his vehicle, the man sped away, driving south towards Greenville, at speeds ranging from 45 o 85 mph and continued to drive erratically.

Deputies chased the driver into the City of Greenville, where they received assistance from the Greenville Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police. The driver drove on to the lawn of Baldwin Heights Elementary and stopped. He then put his vehicle in reverse and rammed the pursuing deputy’s police car. He then drove toward a Greenville Department of Public Safety officer who just exited his vehicle, and nearly ran him over.

The chase continued through the Baldwin Heights Elementary School ground and on to Judd Street, where the driver collided with a tree. The driver, Keith Mark Wondergem, 53, from Marion, Michigan, sustained minor injuries and was treated at Spectrum United Hospital in Greenville. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver was arraigned Monday on charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, operating while intoxicated, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and being a habitual offender.

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